Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Ridin’ the storm out

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Are the winds blowing yet? Is the rain coming down? I know we start to become immune to forecasts of these monster storms – especially when they don’t seem to materialize as expected. How many times does someone evacuate their home, or board up windows, put away everything in the yard, stock up on canned […] [Read More]

Learning to let go

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Giving your teen wings can be hard. Especially when you live a quick train ride from Manhattan. I grew up in the Midwest. Far enough from any big city “dangers” that it was an issue my parents never had to worry about. And call me a female version of a male chauvinist, but I didn’t […] [Read More]

Who’s running the country?

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I love election season, especially when the kids take an interest. Two out of three of my kids are registered voters, and by next November’s general election all three will qualify to go to the polls. So I was happy that K, who won’t be 18 for a few more months, joined her father and […] [Read More]

Communication conundrum

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Have you tried living without e-mail lately? Mine has been down at work for the past two days. Granted, I can still access it via the web, but it’s not as efficient and has some strange quirks that make it harder to get the work done. Just what did we do before the electronic age? […] [Read More]

Keeping up with your spouse

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Do you exercise with your spouse? I don’t — at least not if you go by the typical definition of exercise, like going to the gym or running together. We go hiking on occasion. That counts, but we don’t do it as often as we’d like or enough to consider it regular exercise. Exercising together […] [Read More]

Be careful what you post

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I’ll say it again. Our kids should be careful about what they’re posting on social media. There’s a Wall Street Journal story I read online that says some colleges are looking at what their applicants are posting on these pages and that sometimes what they find hurts the kids’ chance of admission. WSJ cites a […] [Read More]

What’s on your brag sheet?

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Do you brag about your kids? Do you embellish when you tell stories about them? I think it’s human nature and most of us are guilty at some point. Especially if we’re trying to be funny or gain sympathy or even help a friend feel better about something wacky her own kid has done. So […] [Read More]